Womens Health

NYC Teacher Lissedia Batista Miscarries During Brawl; Forgives Students

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A New York City teacher, who miscarried when she got in the middle of a brawl in class, is back teaching -- and does not blame her students.

Lissedia Batista, 27, was four months pregnant last December when two students in her class  had a dispute over a chair. She walked over and told one of the students to come with her, according to a report in the New York Post. Batista teaches at Explorations Academy in The Bronx.

With her back turned, one student tried to jump the one who followed Batista. Then other students joined in. In the pandemonium someone either pushed or fell into Batista's back. She fell forward, her stomach crashing into a chair.

"Everything was blanking out because I felt like I was in pain," she told the newspaper in her first interview.

She was able to restore order and even teach the class. But when she told a colleague what happened, that teacher insisted on taking Batista to the hospital to get checked out. That's when she learned the bad news -- she lost her baby.

Batista declined to sue anyone or press charges against the students involved -- she won't even tell authorities who they are.

"They're so young, and for something like that to follow them for the rest of their lives? I think they were already stressed enough with the fact that they felt they caused the death of someone's child," Batista said. "I can't put anybody through that."

Batista returned to school in January. She said she sees the students who were involved in the fight every day.

"I don't hold any sour feelings toward them at all," she said.

She said she and her husband, already parents to a two-year-old, plan on getting pregnant again. "I refuse to have an only child. He's spoiled already," she laughs.